There are poets I love to read, though; Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Christina Rossetti. (Although, like Susan Howatch once mentioned, I feel like I’m just catching the edges of what Eliot might have meant in his writings. But it’s truly wonderful, even if I don’t understand it all!) I just don’t dip into them as much as I could.
But I do believe that teaching poetry is important in homeschool, whether it’s historical tales told in verse, or teaching children how to write it. Or even dipping into Shakespeare! So this month’s Poppins Book Nook category provided a wonderful opportunity for me to go where I don’t often go: into verse.
And because I’ve always just adored Tasha Tudor’s illustrations (I fell in love with them as a child when I read The Secret Garden and A Little Princess; both of my copies were illustrated by Tudor), I snatched up a copy of of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, beautifully illustrated by my favorite children’s illustrator.Stevenson’s poetry book is a wonderful introduction for children to the world of poetry. His poems in this volume chiefly center around childhood; its joys, imaginings and experiences. And when you combine his verses with Tasha Tudor’s scrumptious paintings….what a beautiful world!
There are poems about bedtime; poems about playtime; about trips and vacations; about toys and seasons. Stevenson really includes many topics that touch a child’s life, both now and in the years before.
Children can definitely read A Child’s Garden of Verses on their own. But for this particular volume, I’d much prefer (AND much recommend) that moms and children snuggle together on the couch, read the poems aloud, and enjoy and examine the beautiful artwork. Tudor sneaks so many wonderful things into each of her paintings, but one must take the time to really look at them to see everything. So with this book, you get the beauty of verse combined with the beauty of art….all about children. It’s a wonderful thing, especially in this day and age!
I’ve also included some wonderful activities to do with your children as part of this poetry study!
- Have a tea party! Make some fruit tea (we especially love blueberry or berry fruit teas), scones and tea sandwiches. Be sure to invite favorite stuffed animals and provide seats at the tea table for them. Have each child read a poem aloud as you enjoy your tea!
- Practice writing poems together! Write haikus (5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, 5 in the third), limericks, free verse, or rhyming poetry. Do an online search; there are so many types of poems out there. Step out in creativity and see what you and your kiddos can come up with!
- Act out a poem. Find a poem with an interesting story, and act it out together. Poetry lends itself beautifully to drama; just ask Shakespeare!
Jill from EnchantedHomeschoolingMom has put together another wonderful giveaway this month. Keep reading to see what it is!
Kid’s Poetry Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Kid’s Poetry Bundle. The winner will enjoy two books full of poetry for children. The two books that they will win is the Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry and Poetry Speaks to Children (*kindly note that these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These two magical books will help your children learn about and have fun with poetry.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win!
Be sure to visit the other Poppins Book Nook hosts this month, to see what they have to share about poetry!